Here are our top ten tips for making and achieving New Year resolutions, based on feedback from the users of PromiseLocker
Create Space in Your Life
To achieve your goal you may need to give up something else to create enough time. You may need more free time in your week or to reduce the number of things on your mind so that you can focus on your goal.
Plan for Success
Try to understand the components that will help you to achieve the goal. If you are trying to lose weight, do some research on what foods to eat and the most effective forms of exercise. The aim is to make this as easy as possible, not deprive yourself unnecessarily.
Believe in Yourself
It’s all up to you. If you don’t think you will succeed, you won’t. Try to visualise what your life will be like after you have achieved your New Year’s Resolution and focus on the positive things you can do to get there faster.
Do It Together
Share the joy and the pain. If you take on New Year resolutions with friends it can often be more rewarding and fun. You can share tips with each other and be motivated by what others have achieved. Competitive spirit could spur you on to greater success.
This is all about improvement, not punishment. Choose a small list of goals that are attainable given your work and other commitments. If you achieve a small goal it will give you the motivation to keep going. Large goals can often seem unattainable.
We all need help to maintain our motivation. Set your goals so that you can celebrate the small achievements along the way. Short sprints are much more effective and enjoyable than a long, slow slog.
Plan for Setbacks
Nobody is perfect. Life has a habit of getting in the way of New Year resolutions. Accept this as normal and don’t aim for perfection all of the time. Think in advance what setbacks you may encounter and how you can mitigate them.
Manage Your Willpower
You can’t do everything all at once. Your willpower is a finite resource so ration it for the goals that count and let some other things go. Recent research shows that willpower can be increased with positive attitude. Perhaps achieving some small goals will help you to improve your willpower.
Check Your Progress
Measuring, recording and sharing your progress are all positive steps that will support your achievement. If your progress has been good, it provides positive reinforcement to keep going. If you have fallen behind, take some time to reflect on why and what you can do to improve. Don’t forget to record your resolutions at www.PromiseLocker.com
Think ahead about things that may tempt you to stray from your path and try to get them out of your life, at least for a while. This could include staying away from people who reinforce your bad habits, removing sugary foods from the cupboard or avoiding certain activities.